Mark Robson (footballer)

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Mark Robson
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-05-22) 22 May 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Upton Park, London, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Exeter City 26 (7)
1987–1992 Tottenham Hotspur 8 (0)
1988 Reading (loan) 7 (0)
1989 Watford (loan) 1 (0)
1989 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 7 (0)
1991 Rosenborg (loan) 1 (0)
1992 Exeter City (loan) 8 (1)
1992–1993 West Ham United 47 (8)
1993–1997 Charlton Athletic 109 (9)
1997–1999 Notts County 33 (5)
1998 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
Total 241 (30)
Teams managed
2000–2006 Charlton (Coach)
2006–2007 Charlton (Assistant Head Coach)
2007–2008 Charlton (First Team Coach)
2008–2010 Gillingham (First Team Coach)
2010–2012 Peterborough (First Team Coach)
2012 Barnet
2013–2014 Norwich City Under-21 (Head Coach)
2013– England Under-17 (Assistant Coach)
2015– Aston Villa (First Team Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mark Robson (born 22 May 1969 in Upton Park, London) is an English former footballer and former joint head coach of Barnet. He is currently first team coach for Aston Villa and assistant coach for the England national under-17 team. Robson is particularly known for his association with Charlton having spent four years there as a player and eight as a coach.

Playing career[edit]

Robson started his career at Exeter City as an apprentice in 1986.[1] He made his debut on 11 October 1986 in a 2–0 win against Lincoln City, a game in which he also scored his first goal for Exeter City.[1] Making 28 appearances in all competitions in his first season he came to the attention of Tottenham Hotspur transferring to them for £50,000 in 1987.[1] Robson had to wait until 17 December 1988 to make his debut for Tottenham, in a 2–0 against West Ham United at Upton Park coming on as a substitute for Paul Walsh.[2] After several loan spells, Robson moved to the team he supported as a boy,[3] West Ham United in 1992. He made his debut for them on 16 August 1992 in a 1–0 away win at Barnsley and scored his first Hammers goal on 15 September in a 5–1 away win against Bristol City. He played 44 of a possible 46 league games and scored eight goals as West Ham gained promotion to the Premier League. He managed only three games for West Ham in the 1993–94 season before being sold for £125,000 to Charlton Athletic in November 1993.[4] After four years with the Addicks he moved to Notts County where he ended his career in 1999.


Robson's first full-time coaching position was at Charlton's academy, where he started in 2000. He stayed in this position for nearly six years until 2006. In March he was promoted to reserve-team manager after Glynn Snodin joined Southampton.[citation needed] In May, after Iain Dowie replaced Alan Curbishley, he was designated 'Development Coach', working with both the first team and reserve team.[citation needed] In November, he was named Assistant Head Coach to Les Reed after Dowie was sacked. In January 2007, Robson was named first-team coach after former teammate Alan Pardew replaced Reed as manager.[citation needed] Robson gained the UEFA Pro Licence in the summer of 2007, a qualification which will allow him to manage a Premier League club. He left the club in summer 2008. He joined Gillingham as first team coach in August 2008,[5] and although he was sacked along with Mark Stimson and others of the coaching staff in May 2010, following Gillingham's relegation to Football League Two, he was re-appointed and promoted to assistant manager to new boss Andy Hessenthaler just a few days later. Three weeks later, however, he resigned for personal reasons.[6] In June 2010, Robson joined Peterborough United as a coach, signing a two-year contract. At the same time Robson was manager of semi-pro Burnham Ramblers U17's.[3]

On 10 June 2012, Robson was appointed head coach at Barnet, with responsibility for the first team, as part of a restructuring of the club's football set up. As part of his role he would also be a major part of the football academy at the Hive, Barnet's training ground.[7]

Robson was joined as head coach by Edgar Davids on 11 October 2012.[8] On 28 December 2012, Robson and Barnet parted company leaving all first-team coaching matters with Davids.[9]

In March 2013, he was appointed as the assistant coach of John Peacock for the England national under-17 team[10] and in October 2013, he was appointed coach of the Norwich City under-21 development squad.[11] Following Neil Adams confirmation as Norwich City manager, Robson was appointed assistant first team coach in June 2014.[12] His tenure was short lived with Norwich terminating his contract on 10 November 2014.[13]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 December 2012.[14]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Barnet England 10 June 2012 11 October 2012 13 0 3 10 000.00
Barnet – joint-coach
with Edgar Davids
England 11 October 2012 28 December 2012 14 5 4 5 035.71


  1. ^ a b c "Former Young City Star Takes over at Barnet". Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, 17 December 1988". Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Peterborough United | News | Latest News | Latest News | Robson Excited By Coaching Role". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mark Robson". 22 May 1969. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Former Charlton coach joins Gills". BBC Sport. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gillingham's assistant boss Mark Robson leaves club". BBC Sport. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bees announce new head coach". Barnet F.C. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Nakrani, Sachin (11 October 2012). "Edgar Davids becomes joint-head coach at League Two strugglers Barnet". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "MARK ROBSON ANNOUNCEMENT". Barnet F.C. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Robson impressed by youth
  11. ^ Davitt, Paddy (21 October 2013). "Norwich City appoint England coach Mark Robson as new Under-21 chief". The Pink'Un. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Freezer, David (2 June 2014). "Gary Holt and Joe Royle to join Norwich City". The Pink'Un. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Norwich City sack first-team coach Mark Robson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mark Robson management career stats". Soccerbase. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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